What will it take to get a TV series with the tenets of reason, science and intelligence onto the airwaves of a major TV network?
Well, a lot. As our production team quietly works towards doing just that, the rest of the world is unfortunately left in the dark, at least as it pertains to “The Skeptologists.” I, and a handful of others are blessed (or cursed) with the knowledge of the what could be in store for our dutiful production. That knowledge comes with a price. (And I’m not talking about exorbitant production costs) We know because we are the ones that are actively doing the work to make this happen. We keep the details of the production quiet for many reasons, among those are the fact that the show is evolving, and we’ve got the right amount of cooks at this point. The other biggie is that we want to protect the hard work that our entire cast and crew has given to this project by making sure that some other company doesn’t come along and grab our format. (Though even if they did, good luck! We’ve got the Skeptical Dream Team so neener neener neener!)
It’s a strange thing, TV. First you have to come up with an idea that’s exciting fresh and different. But, yet, not too out of the box, because on-one want’s to take a BIG risk on a show. It has to be like something that’s currently on the air and working …that’s code for getting good ratings and making the advertisers happy. If you put together this “new fresh idea” The next thing you are going to hear is “Well how do you differentiate your show from XYZ show currently on the air?” It’s seems you just can’t win.
We must tread a thin balancing rope between being different, but yet being bankable.
We know what sells, It’s what’s on TV now. The themes and styles of the shows that you are currently watching however, are already old news to the TV production environment though. Many of us are already onto the new things, they just haven’t aired yet.
As we move into the jingly cheery month of December, virtually all of Hollywood shuts down, save the small glowing screens of a handful of skeptics who are gearing up to write the first eight episodes of the TV series. While everyone else is bringing on the holiday cheer and ringing in the New Year, Brian Dunning, David Vienna and myself have our work cut out for ourselves. Powerful forces in the industry have asked us to prepare more detailed information about the show and it’s future. This is great news folks! We’ve made it past the first several hurdles. And you know what? We’ve found a group of people who really see the merit of the show and are genuinely interested in taking this ball and running with it! Come January 3rd, when the big slick and over-styled wheels of the entertainment industry spin back up, we’ll be there, outlines in-hand ready to fight the battle of mediocracy with our show that aims to bring intellect, science and just plain old common sense to the common TV viewers. Do we have a snowball’s chance in he… Ah, in er. Well. Yeah, we do.